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ACTU pushes to give casual workers the right to permanent work

ON WORLD Day for Decent Work yesterday, Australian unions pushed for more than two million casual workers in Australia the right to become permanent employees

The ACTU is pushing to enter a clause into modern awards allowing casual employees to become permanent staff members. The ACTU is preparing to lodge the claim with the Fair Work Commission under the review of the modern award system that is currently underway.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said the proposed change targeted at workers who were permanent in everything but name.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it’s not a rooster. These workers are permanent in all but name and recognition of entitlements,” Ms Kearney said. “People are not just tools for employers to use – they have lives and families and deserve to be given the respect of decent, secure work.

“Casual employees, even if they are working regular hours, live with the knowledge that their jobs are not secure.

This makes it harder for them to get loans, rent a house and get access to training and promotion opportunities.”

According to May Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, 19% of the workforce is casual, equating to 2.2 million workers.


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